Lucknow tops list of 13 new smart cities :
- The government on Tuesday announced the names of 13 more cities that will be developed under the Centre"s "Smart City Mission" with Lucknow in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh topping the list, followed by Warangal in Telangana and Dharmashala in Himachal Pradesh.
- Twenty-three cities with the higher rankings from as many states and Union terrritories, which failed to get representation in the first round of a competition held in January, participated in the "Fast Track Competition", the result of which was announced by Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.
- Of these 23 cities, only 13 could qualify for the smart city projects through the fresh competition.
- Other cities, which won this round, were Chandigarh, Raipur (Chhattisgarh), New Town Kolkata, Bhagalpur (Bihar), Panaji (Goa), Port Blair (Andaman and Nicobar Islands), Imphal (Manipur), Ranchi (Jharkhand), Agartala (Tripura) and Faridabad (Haryana).
- "The 13 cities selected in the Fast Track Competition have proposed a total investment of `30,229 crore.
TANGEDCO gets green nod for thermal power project:
- The Centre has given its green light to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) for installing a 2X800 mw coal-based thermal power plant in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, entailing an investment of Rs 12,664 crore.
- TANGEDCO will install the coal-based power plant with super critical technology at Uppur, Valamavoor and Thiruppalaikudi villages in the Ramanathapuram district.
- The proposed project requires 6.64 million tonnes per annum of coal to be imported and supplied by state-owned MMTC either from Indonesia or other country.
- The EC for the power plant will be valid for 7 years while the CRZ clearance for foreshore facilities will be valid for 5 years.
- The total project area is estimated to be 1,013 acres, which includes ash pond and green belt.
- The wooden door of city's historical Kalupur Darwaja (entry gate), dating back to 15th century came off and fell.
- The hinge of the door connecting it to the wall had rotten, causing the crash. Vibration caused by the vehicular movement, tar from the road and water-logging also caused some damage.
- "We have inspected the damage and have informed the ASI head office at Vadodara.
- After the incident, traffic through the Darwaja arches was stopped by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) officials for restoration work.
Two 'young' craters discovered on Moon :
- A team of scientists has discovered two geologically young craters one 16 million years old and the other between 75-420 million years in the Moon's darkest regions.
- These 'young' impact craters are a really exciting discovery, said senior research scientist D. Kathleen Mandt from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Texas.
- Collisions in space have played an important role in the formation of the solar system, including the formation of the Moon.
- Impact craters tell the history of collisions between objects in the solar system.
Is youth BCCI's new-found mantra :
- From administration to selection of uncapped players in the national team, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of late seems to have found 'youth' as its new mantra.
- The board witnessed the election of 41-year-old Anurag Thakur as its second youngest president after Fatehsingh Rao Gaekwad, the Sandeep Patil-led selection committee name as many as five fresh faces for the limited overs tour to Zimbabwe and the West Indies-bound Test squad.
- Thakur, a three-time Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh, has been active in sports administration for more than a decade now.
- He found himself elevated to the top post of the world's richest cricket board during its Special General meeting.
- Thakur, who was elected Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president at the age of 26, was also the youngest to head a state cricket association affiliated to the BCCI.
- Thakur created modern cricket facilities not just in picturesque Dharamsala but also in smaller towns like Bilaspur and Una.
- The selection committee named two young squads for the upcoming tours of Zimbabwe and the West Indies.